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Watch: This Sundance and SXSW-Approved Short Asks the Most NSFW Question of All Time

Watch: This Sundance and SXSW-Approved Short Asks the Most NSFW Question of All Time

In verbal games of hypothetical scenarios, particularly those about what people would do for money, the individuals involved are usually more confident than they are in reality. However, how would the game change if money was actually involved? The only problem is, the one thing standing between the individual and the cash is one deeply traumatic experience…involving their father. Would they still go ahead and go that far after all? Fortunately for us, the Sundance hit “A Reasonable Request” explores that deep desire, only to take it a million steps further and lead us into very dark (and hilarious?) territory.

Though the short itself isn’t NSFW, let’s just say that the dialogue itself is more than enough to have you stop in your tracks.

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Andrew Laurich’s fantastic short that has been met with much acclaim at both Sundance and SXSW, and it explores an already complicated relationship between a father and his estranged son. Like plenty of family matters, the relationship between the two is awkward enough to begin with, and then it goes somewhere else entirely. Although the chemistry between the two is obviously uncomfortable, it’s really only the tip of the iceberg as the son takes the conversation into the darkest corner of, well, keeping it in the family. Ahem.

Laurich recently told Indiewire, “The goal with ‘A Reasonable Request’ was to try and create grounded, relatable characters against the backdrop of a premise so utterly absurd and taboo that it would normally be reserved for underground sketch comedy. Admittedly, we also wanted to ruffle some feathers — to jolt a reaction. With some careful consideration and thorough planning, hopefully we managed to achieve both.”
Laurich’s co-writer Gabriel Miller added, “When I first took the idea to Andrew, he wasn’t convinced. I think what saved it was when we added the emotional subtext to the father/son relationship…Everyone I showed the script before we shot it said I absolutely shouldn’t make it. Which was how I knew that I had to.”
Clocking in at eight minutes, shot in one location and featuring two fantastic performances, trust us when we say the short is more than worth the watch. Watch “A Reasonable Request” above and if you’re so inclined, tell us, would you go as far for money?

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For more excellent short films, check out “Wolf Who Cried Boy,” via Indiewire Video.

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Ne5

No way would I do "that" with my father.
And no amount of money could change my mind.

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